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Asafa Powell to run in Paris before doping hearing

Asafa Powell to run in Paris before doping hearing
Jamaica's Asafa Powell carries the baton across the finish line for his team in the 400-meter relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Running on borrowed time -- a temporary reprieve from a ban imposed in a doping case -- Asafa Powell plans to compete in Paris early next month.

The Jamaican sprinter has appealed his 18-month suspension and will have his case heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on July 7 and 8.

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Organizers of the upcoming IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris announced on Tuesday that he will run the 100 meters there on July 5.

The field will also include Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson, who is the fastest man in the world this year, along with five other sprinters who have run the race faster than 10 seconds.

Powell and Sherone Simpson, another Jamaican sprinter, received identical penalties following positive tests for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine. Earlier this month, they appealed to the CAS to have their bans reduced to three months, and were given clearance to resume competing until the case is heard.

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